B.A Economics, American University in Cairo
M.Phil Urban Housing Planning, University of Bradford, UK
Hussein Abaza is the chief of the Economics and Trade Branch of United Nations Environment Programme`s (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. He received a B.A in economics from the American University in Cairo (1973) and M.Phil. in urban housing planning from the University of Bradford, United Kingdom (1981).
He joined the United Nations Environment Programme in 1982 and functioned in different capacities. These included: coordinator of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) (1988 – 1989); assistant to the executive director of UNEP (1989 – 1991) on issues related to and the general operation and management of the organization and priority programme areas initiated by UNEP; coordinator of the Committee of International Development Institutions on the environment (CIDIE) (1991 – 1992).
From 1993 to 1997, Abaza served as the chief of the Environment and Economics Unit.
Prior to joining UNEP, Abaza worked as the financial and administrative manager of a United Nations Physical and Urban Planning project in Saudi Arabia (1973-1979), managing director of the Center of Planning and Architecture in Cairo, Egypt (1980) and manager of the Islamic Investment Company, Central and Northern Region, Saudi Arabia (1981).
He is author of several publications on environmental impact assessment, integrated policymaking for sustainable development, use of economic instruments for sound environmental management, interface between trade, environment and development, sustainable fisheries.